Bash completion for git aliases containing multiple subcommands


I have set up the following alias in my .gitconfig file:

    ss = stash show

Unfortunately bash completion does not work correctly on this alias. When I type git ss <TAB>, I get:

❯ git ss <TAB>
apply    clear    drop     pop      show     
branch   create   list     push

Which is obviously the completion for git stash instead of git stash show.

With the original command I get the list of available stashes:

❯ git stash show <TAB>
[email protected]{0}   [email protected]{1}   

Is there a way to get the completion on the alias behave like on the original command?

I am on Ubuntu 20.04 and using the distro's default git completions.


I posted this question on the Git mailing list and got a reply to work around this issue:

It is possible to make completion work for your particular alias by using our completion script's extension mechanism that allows users to specify completion functions to their own git commands. If you type git foo <TAB> and there is a _git_foo() function in your shell's environment, then the completion script will invoke that function to perform completion; this works not only for commands but for aliases as well. So for your alias you only need to "borrow" all the "show"-subcommand-specific case arms from _git_stash() and place them in a _git_ss() function, e.g. like this:

_git_ss () {
    case "$cur" in
        __gitcomp_builtin stash_show "$__git_diff_common_options"
        __gitcomp_nl "$(__git stash list | sed -n -e 's/:.*//p')"

Add it to your ~/.bashrc, or to a separate file that you source from your .bashrc; If you use bash-completion, then you don't even have to touch you .bashrc: save that function to a file git-ss (dash, not underscore!) in one of the directories scanned by bash-completion ($BASH_COMPLETION_USER_DIR, ~/.local/share/bash-completion/completions or its XDG_DATA_HOME-equivalent) and it will be auto-loaded as needed.

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